defrost

verb
de·​frost | \ di-ˈfrȯst How to pronounce defrost (audio) , ˈdē-ˌfrȯst \
defrosted; defrosting; defrosts

Definition of defrost

transitive verb

1 : to release from a frozen state defrost meat
2a : to free from ice defrost a refrigerator/freezer
b : to clear (a window or windshield) with a vehicle's defroster defrost a windshield to clear it of ice and condensation

intransitive verb

: to thaw out especially from a deep-frozen state

Examples of defrost in a Sentence

You can defrost the soup in the microwave. Has the refrigerator defrosted yet?
Recent Examples on the Web First, defrost them for a minute in the microwave at half power. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 29 July 2022 And this week, nearly 27,000 vehicles were recalled because the cabin heating systems may not defrost the windshield quickly enough. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2022 And this week, nearly 27,000 vehicles were recalled because the cabin heating systems may not defrost the windshield quickly enough. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2022 And this week, nearly 27,000 vehicles were recalled because the cabin heating systems may not defrost the windshield quickly enough. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2022 The strawberries need to defrost on the counter for 30 minutes before making the dessert. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2022 And this week, nearly 27,000 vehicles were recalled because the cabin heating systems may not defrost the windshield quickly enough. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2022 And this week, nearly 27,000 vehicles were recalled because the cabin heating systems may not defrost the windshield quickly enough. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2022 Make Ahead: The Flaky Pie Dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months; defrost in the refrigerator before rolling out. Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of defrost

1895, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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9 Aug 2022

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“Defrost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defrost. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for defrost

defrost

verb
de·​frost | \ di-ˈfrȯst How to pronounce defrost (audio) \
defrosted; defrosting

Kids Definition of defrost

1 : to thaw out defrost a steak
2 : to remove ice from defrost a refrigerator

Other Words from defrost

defroster noun

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Nglish: Translation of defrost for Spanish Speakers

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